Rhythm of the River

Weekend music festival to be held in Jackson, MN

Music lovers should head to Jackson, MN, the weekend of July 12-13.

It’s going to be hopping.

The Rhythm of the River Music Festival is set to be held once again this year at Fort Belmont in Jackson, MN. The festival will include a large variety of music and much more.

“We have lots more than just music happening at the festival too, wonderful art and food vendors and children’s activities,” said Hanna Rossow, one of the organizers of Rhythm of the River.

It all started back in 2006 as a way to help celebrate Jackson’s Sesquicentennial celebration, and they’ve been hosting the festival every year since 2008.

The festival has something for everyone, and they hope to expand people’s horizons musically.

“We want to expose our community to new genres of music they may not hear around the area. RotR attracts festival goers from across the Midwest, and that puts Jackson on the map, bringing business into our community,” Rossow said. “I want to bring more eclectic ideas to the town, broaden our horizons, give people a taste of what our small town can offer. I say, we want to ‘Make Jackson weird.’”

There will be two stages with music and entertainment happening at each.

“We have our Main Stage and our Tadpole Stage. A couple of years ago, some great sponsors in the area helped us purchase the side Tadpole Stage, which is specially tailored to children’s acts, music, activities,” Rossow said. “It’s never too early to encourage music and the arts!”

Some of the entertainment options at the Tadpole Stage will include Chad Elliot, the Jackson Center for the Arts doing face painting, a theater group, turtle program and more.

The main stage will feature musical entertainment in the evenings and early on Saturday there will be two workshops including one on yoga and a hoop workshop.

As for what Rossow is most excited about, it’s just too hard for her to choose.

“We work so hard basically all year handpicking the artists for our festival so I’m honestly excited for each and every performer who’s going to grace our stage. There’s not one band coming that someone from our music committee hasn’t seen live before,” Rossow said. “If I had to choose, I’m a bluegrass lover so I have to say Black River Revue and Chicken Wire Empire. They have high energy and will make you want to get up and dance. Honestly, though, each and every band coming has their own style, sound and unique talents.”